When I was in college, my roommate and I were very broke. This meant that anything we wanted to do in our free time needed to be either very very cheap, or (preferably) free. One of our favorite pastimes was visiting our local library. In the summer, it was a wonderful place to get out of the sweltering SC heat that our one ancient window A/C unit didn’t stand a chance against.
My favorite sections to pore over were Art and Fashion.
Art and Fashion books are generally very pricey, due to their size and that they contain mostly photographs, which are much more expensive to print than just text. I learned a great deal about fashion and art history while buried in the stacks, and I think that’s made a huge difference in how I clothe myself now vs. before. By learning more about fashion history, I was better able to create my own unique style, rather than just buy what was trendy right there and then.
Open culture is a beautiful thing.
Imagine how thrilled I was to discover that The Metropolitan Museum of Art has 1,556 publications available to download for free on their site…including an impressive collection of fashion publications.
Here are a just a few from their collection that I can’t wait to peruse:
“Absolutely! I’m not proud.”
That’s what I say when someone asks if I’d like to dig through some of their vintage duds that they’re either about to donate to a very probably unknowing public or just leave languishing in their attic.
When the founding partner of Riggs (the creative marketing consultancy I work for) offered to let me have first dibs on a wardrobe box of dresses that used to belong to her grandmother, I quickly gave the aforementioned response. I wasn’t disappointed. The dresses were mostly from the 1940’s. Sadly, many pieces were quite deteriorated in their old age, but I managed to restore several pieces.
This is perhaps my favorite:
Why yes…my kitchen is a bit tacky. ;)
I know. I’m behind.
I am so so so so so very behind in my daily blog posts. :/
I’m sorry. I swear I’m not a bad person. I’ve been stuck in a week of being incredibly bzzzzzzzy, then having to deal with something unpleasant *seethes inwardly* , then having to deal with being sick. :/ Not fun.
But I’m here now and I’m on a mission to get all caught up. All 366 posts of this ReFashionista Challenge MUST be accounted for!
The show must go on!
I’m excited to share a Reader ReFash with you that came to me from a kindred spirit named Anne. She teaches Fashion/Design and Speech/Drama at two junior high schools, which I find impressive given my fear of youths. I obviously love fashion, and I less-obviously hold a degree in Theatre (my professional career has been a winding path indeed). Anne recently challenged her students to upcycle a garment of their choosing, and I hope she’ll share some pics with me, as I’d love to see them and feature them here (with their parents’ permission of course).
I won’t lie. I get a little misty-eyed at the thought of an educator teaching kids to think about what they’re wearing, where it came from, and how they can creatively define their own style. This work is important. People like Anne are changing the world and creating a new generation of conscious consumers.
But I’ve said enough. Let’s let Anne take over, shall we?
While flicking through the “New Arrivals” rack at the thrift store right next door to my workplace (Can you believe the luck???), I found a few items that were probably donated by the same person as they were all side by side, from the 60’s, made in Italy, and the same size. As that size happened to also be my size, I was especially happy. :)
My favorite is this acetate number right here: